Gladden and Vulcan Faculty Awards Announced

Saturday, May 14, 2016

facultyIn addition to celebrating its 2016 graduates on Saturday, Agnes Scott College also recognized the accomplishments of two faculty members during the college’s 127th Commencement.

John F. Pilger, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Biology, received the Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award.  He has taught at Agnes Scott for 37 years, and students describe him as “approachable, engaged, a good listener, sweet and kind.” Pilger earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California.

The Vulcan Award goes each year to a faculty member who has made "a distinct difference in the teaching climate of the college in such areas as model classroom teaching, campus leadership, pioneering teaching methodology, creative course development and/or instructional support." Each year Agnes Scott professors are invited to submit nominees for the award, and a committee composed of faculty, a student, an alumna and a staff member selects the recipient for her or his ability to motivate and inspire students. This student- and faculty-driven selection process makes the Vulcan Award especially meaningful.

Augustus “Gus” Cochran III, Adeline A. Loridans Professor of Political Science, was announced as the 2017-2018 Joseph R. Gladden Jr. Public Lecturer. 

Cochran has taught political science at Agnes Scott for 43 years, holding the Loridans professorship since 2002. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, a master’s from Indiana University at Bloomington, a Ph.D. from University of North Carolina and a J.D. from Georgia State University. He was the 2000 recipient of the Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award.

The Gladden Award is given every year to a member of the Agnes Scott faculty whose scholarly activities are especially noteworthy.  This award was established by the Board of Trustees to honor Joseph Gladden, who served as chair of the Agnes Scott Board for 10 years before stepping down in 2002. Award recipients are asked to give a public lecture on a topic related to their scholarly work. A stipend and release from teaching one course during the semester in which the lecture is scheduled assists the lecturer in creating the presentation.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.